Scholar Stories

Luke clark

Luke Clark

University
University of Exeter
Degree
Mathematics
“ It’s a really rewarding experience and each day in the classroom is completely different; witnessing a student’s face light up when they grasp a difficult topic might then be followed by seeing another student completely engaged and excited by the subject. ”

Teaching has for a long time been of interest to me because I really love helping other people and sharing my knowledge. It’s a really rewarding experience and each day in the classroom is completely different; witnessing a student’s face light up when they grasp a difficult topic might then be followed by seeing another student completely engaged and excited by the subject. 

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a good quality education despite coming from a relatively low-income background, and so making a positive difference to the next generation seems a fitting way to give something back to the community. The Future Teaching Scholars programme is really helping build me up to become an effective teacher. The regular online modules keep me up to date on the theory underpinning the teaching profession, whilst the various in-school experiences and immersion days allow me to observe and participate in the classroom from the opposite perspective to what I’ve been used to for years. Combine the two, then you have a very strong basis from which to develop as a teacher. I also feel the structure of the programme is about right, with the workload manageable and the expectations incremented over time at a suitable pace.

A highly enjoyable part of the programme has been – and still is – the experiences in schools since I have been lucky enough to talk to teachers, heads of department, and other members of staff to see what school life is like from the teaching point of view as opposed to the learning one. And finally, why do I love Mathematics? Well, for many reasons, the most significant probably being that it is a subject of discovery and experimentation: applying existing knowledge to unfamiliar situations fascinates me as it allows a plethora of questions to be answered and new ones asked. Aside, Mathematics is powerful: not only is it beautiful in its own right, it is also everywhere around us – who knew Fibonacci could be hidden in nature!

Have I got what it takes?

Have I got what it takes?

  • Are you passionate about maths or physics?
  • Do you enjoy solving problems?
  • Do you work well with other people?
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